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How random can you get…

The Historic Stainless Steel Trifecta, the return of the stainless steel Fords. Delorean eat your heart out / Photos of Huawei’s European-Themed Campus in China / castles you can buy, you know, just in case / a house within a … Continue reading

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Shallow pools, deep dives

10 Years of Forensic Architecture, exploring the minutiae at the intersection of space and polities / the Atlas of Urban Expansion / cooking with Blixa, Einssturzende Neubaten’s front man on noise and food (via The Guardian) / the story of … Continue reading

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Hunkering down

Bunker: Building for the End Times is a forthcoming book by Bradley Garrett. ‘Today, the bunker has become the extreme expression of our greatest fears: from pandemics to climate change and nuclear war. And once you look, it doesn’t take … Continue reading

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The boys and girls in the bubble

How the band and its team created and curated the Radiohead Public Library, an impressive piece of digital archaeology / closely related, how private equity drained the record industry / this word does not exist / these creatures do not … Continue reading

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No sessions for you two

An impressive collection of John Peel Sessions on YouTube, collated by Formerly Known as the Bollocks, which serves as an aggregator for music info and links / related, Peel as gatekeeper / an abandoned American urban exploration website / 1st … Continue reading

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Torcere a bordo piscina

A new platform for performance: is the future of entertainment in video gaming? Sort of related, It’s Cool to Look Terrifying on Pandemic Instagram. Filters go mainstream / Artifacts from the archive, 175 years of the Scientific American / personal … Continue reading

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What goes up…

‘Athens hotel ordered to demolish top floors blocking Acropolis view’. The image confusingly shows Tschumi’s Acropolis Museum, presumably seen from the terrace of the Cocomat Hotel, seen here in images by Pygmalion Karatzsas and designed by Elastic Architects. Not something … Continue reading

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The big empty (day something or other)

17 Artists Capture a Surreal New York From Their Windows illustrations by Charlotte Ager / the Bugatti factory that barely was / the great Curbed.com is becoming part of New York Magazine / the stats of the Scarborough Grand Hotel … Continue reading

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Frames per second

But how are you feeling? diamond geezer presents a cube of Coronavirus complications / DC Punk, for free, Dischord discography to stream (via boing boing) / upgraded to 60fps, ‘the oldest recorded film’, the ‘Roundhay Garden Scene‘, Leeds, 1888, taken … Continue reading

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Forbidden landscapes

Autobahn Zwei, ‘a two hour Post-Apocalyptic Driving Music homage to Kraftwerk by genius synthesist Novo Line‘ / Computer Games set in London, goes a tiny further than the 2016 exhibition at the Museum of London, but the takeaway is still … Continue reading

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Neural Milk Hotel, etc.

‘Jukebox, a neural net that generates music, including rudimentary singing, as raw audio in a variety of genres and artist styles.’ Best explored through this Waxy post, OpenAI’s Jukebox Opens the Pandora’s Box of AI-Generated Music (via (Kottke): ‘The Jukebox … Continue reading

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Changing ways

The great British art quiz / Artbreeder, ‘simply keep selecting the most interesting image to discover totally new images. Infinitely new random ‘children’ are made from each image.’ / music by Spectral Gates / music by Conifold / The Sand … Continue reading

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Furious Loops

Myth and Monolith, the story of the vast concrete Nine Elms Cold Store, written by Andrew Rogers for Vauxhall History. The piece delves into the building’s alleged satanic past, and includes mention of people like Pinkie Maclure and the late … Continue reading

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Bleeps and borders

The ARP 2600: The Story of a Legendary Synthesizer / see also famous examples of Yamaha DX-7 use, with sound samples (via Ask). Another one: The 10 best synth presets in history (and where you can hear them) / even … Continue reading

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Islands in the stream

A Short History of London by Simon Jenkins, reviewed at The London Society / Columbia and Pea Islands, the ultimate in self isolation about 6 miles from the Bronx / the story of the Thingstätte: ‘Between 1933 and 1936, so-called … Continue reading

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Walkthrough (1 of 1)

A homemade Russian Ark, Hermitage, a ‘one-take journey through Russia’s iconic Hermitage museum shot entirely on the iPhone 11 Pro‘ / The Architecture of Surveillance: The Panopticon Prison, photographs by Romain Veillon (via Architecture of Doom) / Wallpaper* magazine’s World … Continue reading

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It was down the back of the couch

Solar Pandas / fun little kids’ art project: A Space Between, making global connections through colour / sort of related, Pushing the Envelope: Mail Art from the Archives of American Art / ‘It is only adults who ever feel threatened‘, … Continue reading

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The private house as metaphorical, self-contained universe

We’ve been mining our draft posts and discovered an embyronic essay on the private house as a metaphorical, self-contained universe. Whatever the unifying theory was is lost to the mists of time. Instead, let’s explore the idea as if it … Continue reading

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Road trains and loud noises

For some reason, way back in 2013, we clipped this link about Melbourne’s East West Road Link back in 2013, a major infrastructure project that is still mired in controversy over cost, routes and delays. Road infrastructure projects are going … Continue reading

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Four wheel drift

A couple of things via Kottke: Spinnable 3D Models of the British Library’s 16th Century Globes and Weird Stock Photos, a place where Bosch-meets-Photoshop for the first time / did you assume that the screeching tyre sound on old American … Continue reading

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